Jim is the star of the show

Stock photo.
Stock photo.

Whilst our reigning champion, Graheme Martin, did produce a par round he was not the star of the show (so to speak) in last week's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club Monthly Medal competition.

For Graheme would agree that despite him having six - or was it seven - birdies in the 14 hole event it was B-grader Jim Meldrum who thoroughly deserved that honour.

You see, Jim is the Club's longest handicapped member and wins are few and far between, let alone on such a day when victory earns a start in the prestigious Gold Medal play-off come December.

Both were accredited wth 49 nett, however Graheme earned just the $20 victory voucher having already qualified earlier in the year.

How proud and excited, too, was Jim when presented with his medallion and voucher and we can be assured that he will go away and come back cherry-ripe for the big day.

It was young A-grade veteran Graeme Dyet, with a blistering 50 nett from an exciting round, called up to receive the medal and he, too, was taken aback by the occasion.

With a field of 45 there was a dozen new Srixons handed out and leading the field was Victor Love (50), one to the good of David Tolman, Graham Schasser, Kevin Hopping and Greg Mayhew.

On 52 were Allen Doyle, Stuart Vaughan, Bill Paterson, Mark Townsend and Bob Mavin, with Terry Hyland and Allan Heather both 53.

Putting was taken out by Martin and Mark Townsend with 22 strokes.

Martin and Mayhew figured as nearest the pin winners at the 11th hole, whilst Tolman (A) and Barry Pearson (B) featured at the third hole.

Chip-ins were performed by Trevor Hannam, Michael Hinchcliffe, Graham Heggerty (Wauchope), Hyland, Martin and Townsend.

President Alan Macdonald, who did fail again in a history-making bid of a hat-trick of victories, was certainly in a chirpy mood presenting his weekly address.

He welcomed Wauchope visitor, Graham Heggerty, to the fold and also tendered a welcome back to Allan Heather ("thanks for those custard apples") after a lengthy absence.

The boss OK'd another joke from Jim (Meldrum) and a good one was heard from designated story teller Dennis O'Brien. Yes, a good laugh is a great tonic, eh!

Captain Robert (Dykes) conducted his official part of the presentation with real aplomb and received the warmest of appreciation when announcing that today's event was to be a 2-man Ambrose.

Visitors interested in taking part should phone the Club on 65626291 and talk to our starter Brody (Clarke), whom I can assure you that he will have an answer for any queries.